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we have breaking news this morning. i'm robin meade. thank you so much for starting with us. here's what's going on. for all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. >> the lion of the senate has died. while you were sleeping senator ted kennedy passed away. we're looking at the man and the legacy. the torch bearer has passed away. he lost his battle with brain cancer. kennedy was one of the most
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influential lawmakers on capitol hill who reached across party lines several times to get legislation passed. a statement says we lost an irreplaceable person in our lives. >> he was the 20th century and a fragment of the 21st. from health care to education to minimum wage, ted kennedy affected hundreds of millions of americans. >> reaction to senator kennedy's death is pouring in this morning. president obama, first of all, has said our country has lost a great leader and he's profited from kennedy's encourage mrnlt and wisdom. governor arnold schwarzenegger called him a man of great faith and character. i think it's really interesting
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when you sit here and look at the tapes from the last year and then the tapes, too, from so many years ago. kennedy's death comes exactly one year after he gave an impassioned speech at the democratic national convention. he was one of the strongest democratic voices who backed then senator obama for president. >> i have come here tonight to stand with you to change america, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals, and to elect barack obama president of the united states. >> kennedy became the patriarch of the family. including his children uncle teddy was a father figure to many of his nieces and nephews. in 1996 hoe walked his brother's daughter carolyn kennedy down
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the aisle. he could not attend the funeral of his sister eunice earlier this month because of his own problems. he was the third longest serving senator in u.s. history. he took over his brother john's seat in 1962. we're going to be remembering him all morning. because we're hln we're also covering other news of the day. let me step into that for a while. a teen accused of bringing pipe bombs to the school is being charged today. they think he was targeting faculty he believe had wronged him. two bombs went off but there was no serious damage or injuries. a teacher described how he stopped the teen. >> he's running toward people instead of toward safety, so that kind of made me a little
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bit kind of leery about what this kid was doing. i closed distance and put him in a bear hug, and then i decided to flip him and put him on the ground and that's when the thinking came in. i thought if i'm wrong, i'll apologize to his parents later and if i'm right, i'm going to hold this kid down. >> more than 1,200 students and staff evacuated monday. they're heading back to class on monday. opponents of the president's reform plan spent hours shouting down virginia democratic congressman jim moran and howard dean, the former democratic party chairperson. >> howard dean is a baby killer, howard dean is a baby killer. >> critics promised to disrupt the event. the democratic national committee provided signs for the supporters and moran spent most of the time dealing with rumors of the plan. >> number 7, the passage of
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health care reform would mandate abortion coverage at all publicly covered options thus making it available. that's the myth. the fact is abortion is not mandated by any legislation passed by congress. >> there are a lot of myths and hearsay, but you can check the facts yourself. see with your own eyes on cnn.com/robin. singer chris brown has been formally sentenced for assaulting his former pop star girlfriend rihanna, and the report reveals they were involved in two other incidences before that. he'll serve 500 ho500.
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many refuse to gets vaccinated for swine flu. about half say they would turn down a vaccine for the h1n1 virus. most are afraid of potential side effects. experts say the trend will likely apply worldwide. several vaccines are being tested. officials are saying so far the side effects are minor. get this. youtube might pay you if you come up with its next big hit. the company said it would share ad revenue with anybody who posts a video who gets loads of hits and meets other requirements. people would say how many hits are loads of hits. it already pace someone who regularly produces videos for them. loads of hits. i don't know if that's a legal term or not. video six minutes past the hour. this time of year we're always going to have to watch the tropics. what is a tropical wave? that is before it starts getting
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into a tropical depression. >> right. right now it's a batch of energy right now and a lot of clouds. remember yesterday it was just over to the east a little farther but it was a tropical wave yesterday, a little concern it might be a tropical depression. that's the next stage. then a storm and a hurricane. good news here. it has now formed into a tropical depression overnight. but if you live in the bahamas, keep an eye on it. if you live on the east coast all the way to the coast of maine, keep an eye on it. we'll be following it for at least the next couple of days. high pressure in the northeast stretches down the gulf coast. look at the heavy rain pulling out of kansas, now in toward kansas city and the rest of the city too. north of i-70, right around hastings, nebraska. kansas city, you're dry now but showers and thunderstorms move on in, and they're going to get close to chicago later today as well. most of the thunderstorms have been wet in chicagoland.
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you'll see these begin to pop up shortly firefightor you later t afterno afternoon. we're following the breaking story of the death of the longest running u.s. senator in history. we remember ted kennedy this morning. go to the facebook page and write your comments about your biggest memory of him or what you want to say about him and we'll read your comments this morning.
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we received an incredible and wonderful amount of notes and letters from friends and colleagues in the senate and from people here in massachusetts. all very touching. >> wonderful outpouring of
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support. >> that was senator ted kennedy talking about the support that came pouring in after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in may of last year. he died at his home last night. there is reaction coming in from all around the wofrmtd former british prime minister tony blair said he was a figure that inspired admiration, respect, and emotion, not just in america but around the world. new this morning a fire is burning near a major california freeway. it's near 405 near the long beach airport. look at that thing. local affiliate reports a minor explosion was heard earlier. no homes are threatened. in our salute to the troops as we always do, today's salute is from his wife and his mom. sergeant merritt is in iran.
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>> we love you baby, miss you very much, and can't wait for you to come home. >> this is carly kennedy, joey's mother. we o love you and miss you and are waiting for your safe return home. >> thank you, robin. we miss you. >> you're welcome. what a nice salute. go to cnn.com/robin if you have somebody in the military. a little girl with a brain tumor had her wish come through. a horse ranch let her ride horses and herd cattle. her mother hasn't seen her laugh and smile so much in a very long time. >> we're just here to help her make her wish. >> yeah. >> see her dream come true and hope you have a lot of fun, huh? >> yeah. i feel like a cow girl right now. >> doctors removed part of her tumor, but it could grow back.
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a 10-year-old got sent home for what was on her t-shirt. >> i thought they're probably going to give a call to my parents and i was expecting that from the first day. >> the school said it wasn't how the shirt looked but the words on it that were a problem. that is new for you in about 20 minutes. if you cannot take advantage of cash for clunkers there are still good deals when it comes to the car lot. money expert jennifer westhoven is here. what are we finding? >> apparently some of the new models for 2010 are going to come with lower prices than the 20 2009 model. usually if you wait to get a new car, you have to wait more. chryslers are going to be cheaper in 2010. the chevy equinox is going to be $1800 less and toyota prius,
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that is getting cheaper too. they built a slightly different version, you know, a little bit more basic, because they've got to compete with the honda insight. not everything is cheaper. do you like beer? if you said yes, i'm sorry. you're not going to like this story but be ready for it. this fall prices are going up. budweiser, anheuser-busch and coors both are going up. they don't say how much. they think it's a sign that the companies are getting too big. together they run 80% of the beer market. the companies say, though, this is all about the fact that the ingredients cost more to make. so they're passing it along. robin. >> how about that. yeah, whatever. everything gets passed to us, doesn't it? i mean i'm not a beer drinker but they've goet to make money. the man known as the lion of
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the senate has passed away overnight. despite his battle with cancer senator ted kennedy never gave up his battle for health care reform. we want to know, what do you think? maybe a comment about his life or legacy or just tell us your strongest memories about him. go to your facebook page. go to cnn.com/robin. you bet i'll be reading them personally.
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this is the cause of my life. new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every american north, south, east, west, young, old, will have equal quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege. >> the hearts are heavy on capitol hill this morning at the passing of senator ted kennedy. you can see these are live picture. the flag had been lowered to half-staff. ted kennedy's career spanned nearly five decade. he left his mark on everything from civil rights to education. to correspondent richard lui, he was working on a current issue that had been close to his heart for a long time. health care. >> that's right, robin. for almost a year into his cancer diagnosis he was making
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calls from his sickbed, lobbying for support for this cause as we just heard. not surprising. he actually published a book in 1972 called critical condition, life and health care. just last week kennedy's son saying his dad was frustrated he could. be part of today's debate. kennedy now passed away, robin. >> and a lot of people are saying that the health care reform debate might be a lot different if he were able to be a part of it and able to reach across the party lines. now, richard, one of the first issues he had to tackle as a young leader is civil rights. >> that's right. some of us might not remember that. the first speech he delivered to the senate and one of the biggest initiatives, robin, was the civil rightsing aet of 1964. that's what he spoke about. it broke down racial barriers and segregation in places like
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hotels and restaurants, something we take advantage of today. that was one of his biggest successes. then he got the americans with disabilities act passed. then they had to make reasonable accommodations for the disabled and he endorsed the man who would become first african american president, robin. >> by the way, folks, we're asking you what your strongest thoughts and memories of him are. there's a little button at cnn.com/robin that will take you to our facebook page. i'll read some of those on the air. one thing you may not have known about him, he was almost in the nfl. that's intriguing rafer. >> it is intriguing, robin. i was kind of shocked to hear about it. he was almost a green bay packer. he was a stand-off player at harvard. he got a letter from then head
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coach lyle blackburn that they were interested in signing him. he politely declined and said he was going into another contact sport, politics. he threw out the pitch at the red sox game this past april. the man accused of killing a beloved high school football coach says her client is not competent to go to trial. he was gunned down in june in front of his students. becker's attorney says doctors say he suffers from hallucinations and he's incompetent to be put on the stand. the d.a. says they're going to ask the court for a separate evaluation. the williams sisters have made history in another sport, football. they were officially introduced as part owners of the miami dolphins. the two bought a small stake in the team and they're the first two african american women who
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own part of the team. they say the dolphins are their favorite team. speaking of girl power, wait till you hear how this young woman made history in the little league series. >> we're looking forward to it. right now we're remembering the long discontinue distinguished career of ted kennedy. you're going to hear what president obama had to say about him just days ago.
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massachusetts senator ted kennedy is dead at the age of 77. he died at his vacation house after a battle with brain cancer. kennedy was the third longest serving u.s. senator. president obama said he was a great leader nchlt the wake of senator kennedy's death they're pushing harder on health care reform. senate majority leader harry reid says they'll rededicate themselves to the causes kennedy championed. he had been working the phones from his sickbed even, trying to push through health care reform. democrats is what one astronaut tweeted after nasa scratched a shuttle launch for the second time.
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weather was the culprit on tuesday. nasa hopes to launch the shuttle early friday after testing the valve. an airplane flew into washington's restricted air space. get this. it's the very same plane that caused an evacuation of the white house four years ago. a student pilot got within ten miles of raggal national airport yesterday before it was intercepted by coast guard helicopters. i know. makes you shake your head. those are system of the headlines we're working on this morni morning. how's the coffee, huh? i'm robin meade. morning, sunshine. we have to look back at the legacy of senator kennedy. richard lui, it's a long one. you mentioned even from his sickbed he was working, making calls. a fighter to the end. >> that's right. he returned to the senate for a key vote on medicare, then he made a surprise appearance at the 2008 democratic convention, a marving moment that brought the crowd to its feet.
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take a listen. >> this november the torch will be passed again to a new generation of americans, so with barack obama and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause. the work begins anew! the hope rises again! and the dream lives on. >> calling on some of his famous words from previous speech, robin. they weren't sure whether he was going to show up. his death occurring precisely, by the way, one year later to the day of that speech. >> one year later. it's amazing too. every time people would ask how are you doing, how are you feeling? he never really complained. sometimes he'd come out with that pumped first in the air. senator kennedy was a leading
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spokesperson on many important issues but he had the ability to reach across and get things done. >> an icon for liberal issues, sometimes hated at times. his success, his ability to find republican allies to get things passed. one notable example was the recent president george w. busch was with him to pass the no child left behind act of 2001. the 2008 presidential nominee. and then, robin, one of the greatest senates was orrin hatch. the buyout deal is for up to 30,000 employees who agree to resign or retire this year. now your mailman or your mail woman does not qualify. the postal service says the letter carriers are not eligible
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because mail service is growing. eligible employees will get an extra $15,000 over two years. battery shipments could be a serious safety hazard for airlines. a pilots union wants the government to ban lithium bat erre ryes. the union says passengers should still be able to bring their batteries like in their laptops on flights. >> a 10-year-old was sent to the principal's office because of the words on her t-shirt. take a look at what it says. the school's district dress code bans anything that could be distracting or offensive. she went home because of it. the girl's dad is a pastor and they report that the same words once appeared on the signs of his church. >> we as parents and for our children, we need to raid them up that they're willing to stand up for what they believe, whether the people in society
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like it or they don't. >> if i can come back to school,ly. if i can't wear the shirt, i won't wear the shirt but i will talk to people about islamic slavery and islam is the devil. >> a school rep said her parents could have brought her another shirt but chose to bring her home instead. what's going on in your backyard today? if your backyard is in the extreme west, there's a chance of showers. >> you're right. on the thin side if you head toward chicago. if you're under the rain, the canopy of showers, you're getting hit pretty hard. here's your cold front, goes right toward michigan into lower wisconsin, iowa, and stretches out in toward colorado. here's what it looks like out ahead of that. a couple waves of energy. as that radar sweep goes on by out of hastings, nebraska, look at that. south of i-80. more showers north of i-70. more headed toward kansas city.
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watch for a couple of thunderstorms this morning to slow you down and then into the early afternoon too. then coming out of northern illinois. look at the shower stream. that's going to be there for most of the morning. down south, not quite as bad. if you're traveling down here. high today around 90. east wind though could bump you around a little bit in the plain and that could given yu a delay. good morning to you, atlanta. >> okay. thank you. u.s. troops on the front lines are getting help in another battle to protect their health. plus we're following breaking news this morning. senator ted kennedy has passed away. you're going to hear why one author said that he never thought that becoming president was his destiny. very soon i'm going to read your comments on our facebook page.
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breaking news today. we are remembering senator ten kennedy who lost his battle with brain cancer overnight. he was 77. he earned the reputation as the lion of the senate, but many wanted more from the brother of jfk. author ed klein said his failed white house bid only made him stronger. >> had he really never felt that the presidency was his destiny, yes, he did run several times, certainly very seriously in 1980 when he didn't get the nomination, but i think it was the loss of any hope that he would become president that freed him finally to become what he was meant to become, which was a great legislator. >> well, it is rare for someone to take on a sitting president
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in their party's primary. that's exactly what senator kennedy did in 1980 against jimmy carter. of course, he lost, but made one of the most famous speeches of his career. his key line is "the dream shall never die." some u.s. troops may get help in the battle of h1n1. it says that the tests would help speed up diagnosis so they can quickly begin treatment. starting next month the tests will be used on combat troops in the middle east and on navy ships. i think it's pretty safe to say that most people agree that sending a text message while you're driving is dangerous. also it can be deadly. a new technology can put a stop to that. money expert jennifer westhoven is here with more. good morning. >> that was a big story this morning of the new study of people deathing behind the wheel. very dangers. the wall street journal is
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reporting that there are companies scrambling to put out software that can block phones if you're sending texts behind the wheel. if your phone has gps, then the phone knows whether it's moving 60 miles an hour. the companies figure that parents are going to be interested in it for their kids and insurance companies may be interested in it. maybe they'll give you a discount if you put it on your phone. stocks did it skben yesterday. highest since last november. 9539. also new highs for the year for the nasdaq and s&p 500. we'll keep watching that. okay. so think about your own spending habits, and then think about the spending habits of your wife or your husband. a new study suggests you probably married your financial opposite. >> yes. yes, yes, yes, yes. >> and the theory behind this is if you're a saver, you're going
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to find a spouse who's a spender and the other way around and research actually call it a fatal fiscal attraction because money problems can turn out to be a big problem in a lot of marriages. 40% of marriages that end up in divorce, they say money played a role in it. but they say you know already how you deal with money, so even if you don't know that you're doing it, when you look for a spouse, you look for somebody who handles a little bit differently. >> i think people should e-mail in about that one too. i think that's a good topic. >> examples of how that's true or not? exactly. it is very true in my househood but i can't characterize myself one way or my husband one way. it's just different. what i'll spend on, he won't spend on. all right. a young new york designer is ringing up sales with a business plan that involves recycling and inventing. stephanie elam has her story. >> reporter: when kate goldwater
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left wisconsin to attend new york city state university, she brought along her sewing machine. girls went to her dorm. she sells her one of a kind-clothing ono line and at her east village boutique, auh 20. >> au is gold and h 20 is water and that's my name, goldwater-nichols. >> reporter: she mixes pieces together creating a fashion chemistry that's affordable, at times political, and always e eco-friendly. >> this is your little bag and it's reusable and better for the environmental. >> reporter: she offers vin talk shoes and hand bags as well as clothing by other designers. think thes by has been very successful. repeat shoppers know what they
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can find here and they always come back. >> well, if you're a small business owner we'd like to see your success story. go to cnn.com/robin. upload a video report of your busy and share your video and we could feature you on "morning express." political troubles maybe coming to a head for mark sanford. you know, he's the one who made the secret trip to see his mistress in argentina. fellow republicans have a warning for him.
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now with barack obama there is a new national leader who has given america a different kind of campaign, not just about himself but about all of us. i a campaign about the country we
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will become if we can rise above the old politics that parses us into separate groups and puts us at odds with one another. >> that was senator ted kennedy giving his endorsement to barack obama for president. kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer overnight and you can see these live pictures that the flag over the capitol is at half-staff. kennedy spent nearly 47 years representing massachusetts in the senate. he was instrumental in working on the civil rights acts, the americans with disability act and no child left behind. the teenage victim of a hit and run said drivers just ignored him. he broke his leg and could not walk and says cars kept driving by. >> i had to crawl from the lines all the way over and i'm dragging the bike and a whole
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bunch of cars were driving by and nobody stopped. >> a couple finally stopped. called for help. the teen had hoped to play football this fall but will be spending the next couple of months recuperated. south carolina governor mark sanford may be impeached by other. he is facing scrutiny for using state funds improperly. two political allies tell cnn that they warned sanford unless he steps down he'll get impeached. he's rejecting advice to resign. now, bob, can you keep it straight, because i know there are so many different monikers -- >> he needs to construct a fill an dering flowchart so we can get all the cheating politicians going. let's look at what's going on across the region. atlanta, so far, so good. lett me take you live to atl. a little cloudiness. it h be the wind developing
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later today. here's what we have. the longest delay. it's good. chicago metro, midway and o'hare looking at an hour delay or more. newark, gusty winds today. atlanta, east wind. 30-minute delay there. san francisco, yesterday they had a 56-minute delay. today, 30 minutes to close to an hour. more on that in just a little bit. okay. are you a woman who's breaking a mold or knows a woman who is? we're look for strong women who have overcome big challenges to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. starting in october i'm going to be profiling inspirational stories in "breakthrough women." if you want to nominate women, go to cnn.com/robin and scroll down. for the first time a girl was a hero in a little league series. here's rafer with more on that.
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the breakthrough girl. >> it's really impressive. this young girl was one of two girls playing in the her name is katie reyes from vancouver, british columbia. bases loaded. he hits a single to drive in two runs. she says when she came up to the plate she was shaking. canada takes a one-run lead over germany, and she's happy. then in the final inning, katie also got the final out for team canada. she's playing first base. watch how she stretches. to get that. congrats to them. behold the power of twitter. thousands joined lance armstrong in dublin for a ride. who rides to ride this afternoon? i do. 5:30 p.m. look at all those people that showed up just from a tweet. >> this is the second time he's done this recently, right? >> he did it in glasgow, scotland. now in dub bin.
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he says he's planning in doing it in other cities like new york, amsterdam, london and paris. >> people can say, lance and i, we're tight. >> this guy here, former nba referee tom gun gee is back in jail. u.s. marshals say he didn't show up for work. he's being held without bond after being arrested at a halfway house in tampa. officials say she was supposed to be at work but was, quote, somewhere else. he was jailed for gambling. the annual bird man competition. here is the good. that's pretty good. on england's south shore. that's good stuff there. coming up here is the bad. just hang gliding. it's basically anything that can sort of fly. and then this is the ugly. that's a look at sports. are you keeping on top of your credit card bills? find out if you're keeping pace
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with the rest of your neighbors. we're following the breaking news story, the death of senator ted kennedy, a political icon from one of the most famous families in politics. see how his hometown paper is covering it today.
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for all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die. the lion of the senate has passed away. while you were sleeping, senator ted kennedy passed away. we're looking at the man and his legacy. >> the torch bearer of the cam let legacy has died. ted kennedy, the long-time democratic senator from massachusetts lost his battle with brain cancer.
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kennedy was one of the most influential lawmakers on capitol hill spending nearly 47 years in office. he was the youngest son of one of the biggest political dynasties in american history. >> he's been the only one around for the last 40 years. he's the kennedy we saw grow old. there is occasional nostalgia over his brothers. but he's been the one on stage since robert's death in 1968. and so i don't think -- i think there will be a lot written about camelot in the next few days, but i think it's a little unreal. this is the one who because of his tenure and his skill probably affected more american's lives than either of his brothers did. >> more reaction to senator kennedy's death is pouring in today. president obama says our country lost a great leader and he's
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profited as president from kennedy's encouragement and wisdom. arnold schwarzenegger called him a man of great faith and character. fellow massachusetts senator john kerry said kennedy taught us how to fight, how to laugh, how to treat each other. kennedy's death comes exactly one year after he gave an impassioned speech at the democratic national convention. he gave the speech soon after being diagnose washington, d.c. the brain tumor. he was one of the strong democratic voices who backed then senator obama for president. >> as i look ahead, i'm strengthened by family and friendship. so many of you have been with me in the happiest days and the hardest days. together we have known success and seen setbacks, victory and defeat. but we have never lost our
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belief that we are all called to a better country and a newer world. >> kennedy became the patriarch of the family after the deaths of his brothers john and robert, including his own children, uncle teddy was a father figure to many of his nieces and nephews. in 1986 he wakd caroline kennedy, daughter of his brother john down the aisle and gave the yulg at jfk junior's funeral. he couldn't attend the funeral of his own sister eunice earlier this month because of health problems. he was the third longest-serving senator in u.s. history. he took over john f. kennedy's seat in 1962. ted kennedy is dead at the age of 77. our coverage will continue. we're remembering senator kennedy all morning. because we're hln we cover other stories as well. new this morning, a fire is burning near a major california freeway. the brush fire is next to the 405 near the long beach airport.
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look at that. affiliate kcal reports minor explosions were heard earlier. a fire officials say homeless people sometimes camp in the area. no homes are threatened. singer chris brown has been formally sentenced for assaults his pop star rihanna. the couple was involved in two other domestic violence incidents before the february assault. brown will serve five years probation and do 1400 hours of labor oriented service like picking up trash and washing cars. the judge issued a strict warning to brown during the hearing. >> remember, even though you have probation, this is a felony, and it does come with the potential of state prison if you should violate in any way the terms and conditions of this probation or pick up any new case. do you understand that? i want to make myself perfectly clear. >> yes. >> the judge also ordered brown to stay away from rihanna unless they're attending music industry
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events. another town hall meeting on health care turned into chaos last night. opponents of the president's reform plan spent hours shouting down virginia democratic congressman jim moran and howard dean, the former democratic party chairman. >> howard dean is a baby killer! howard dean is a baby killer. abortion is murder and howard dean with a baby killer. >> the democratic national committee provided signs for supporte supporters. moran spent most of his time dealing with rumors about the plan. >> this number seven, the passage of health care reform would mandate abortion coverage in all publicly offered options thus making taxpayer dollars available to fund abortion. that's the myth. the fact is that abortion is not mandated in any of the legislation that has been passed by the congress. >> there is a lot of hearsay about the proposal.
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check out the facts for your own self at cnn.com/robin. for your own self. i'm going to call a creek a crick, too. let's talk about your weather. the time of year to start watching the tropics. what is a tropical wav. >> a ding dang tropical wave moving in. remember yesterday, good news here. still a tropical wave. a little concern it might turn into a tropical depression, that's the first stage of a tropical cycle. so far nothing out there suggests a tropical depression. great news. it has room to grow and organized. so obviously something we'll be ch watching. if you live across the east coast, the bahamas, we'll keep our eyes on it for the next couple days. the big picture shows high pressure dominating for the most part. a stalled out front down through florida. look at the heavy rain lining up through the cold front. you can see kansas into
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nebraska. now getting closer to kansas city. we'll get rain in for the morning. the rain is safely in towards northern illinois, in chicago as well. now stretching towards michigan, too. the cold front is on the move for today setting up shop over ontario. look at the rain showers coming in close towards toronto. towards rochester. ahead of that it's going to be hot. let me take you live to new york city. here is what it looks like. a little hazy start for you. otherwise a nice morning. thunderstorms developing late this evening towards tonight. your high today in nyc, 90. it's going to feel like all of that. more in just a half hour. >> it looks like 90. >> it looks like august. there you go. we're following our breaking news from overnight. the death of one of the longest-serving senators in u.s. history. we remember ted kennedy this morning. we'll talk about the highlights
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from his career and reaction from those close to him. i think it's really intriguing to get out this old tape that most of us haven't seen for a long time. sglvrnlths sglvrnlths
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another kennedy has thrown his hat into the national political arena. edward m., or ted, officially announces his campaign for the massachusetts senate seat once held by his brother, the president. the youngest of the three brothers, he will face edward j. mccormack junior in the democratic primary. >> i love seeing that old film, don't you? this video is from 1962. that is when ed kennedy was elected to finish the rest of his term of john f. kennedy. we won the term in 1964.
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ted kennedy died last night at the age of 77. fellow massachusetts senator john kerry says kennedy was a larger-than-life presence who was simply the best. a teen accused of bringing pipe bombs, a chainsaw and a sword to his old high school is expected to be charged today. police in california believe that the 17-year-old planned monday's attack for months. they think he was targeting faculty who he believed wronged him. two bombs went off. there was no serious damage or injuries. a teacher describes how he stopped the teen. >> he's running towards people instead of towards safety. so that kind of made me a little bit, kind of worried about what this kid was doing. i just decided to -- i closed the distance and put him in a bear hug. then i decided to kind of flip him and put him on the ground, and that's when the thinking came in. i just thought to myself, if i'm wrong, i'll apologize to his parents later. and if i'm right, then i'll hold
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this kid down. >> more than 1200 students and staff were evacuated monday. they'll head back to class today. when your odds are one in 195 million, you may not think you stand a chance of winning. apparently one guy beat the odds. you'll hear about the winner of a $260 million jackpot. that is new for you in about 20 minutes. the memory of a fallen police dog may help save the life of another. the police dog named bali got a specially-fitted bullet proof vest in frt lauderdale yesterday. that vest was designed in honor of the dog he replaced. that dog named oozie was shot and killed in confrontation with a suspect in miami last year. so if you could not take advantage of cash for clunkers, there was still some good car deals out there. money expert jennifer westhoven is here. for everybody who maybe got 19 miles to the gallon instead of
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19 or whatever. >> or maybe you're working on getting your credit score repaired, you could nt get the loan. wait a few months, you'll see lower sticker prices on the dealership lots. industry experts say that now that cash for clunkers is over, car sales will be falling off the cliff for a while. dealers will have to slash prices. one analyst says you can expect incentives up to $3,000. he thinks that might be the average on some of the new cars and some of the new 2010 models, some of them are going to come to the lots with cheaper sticker prices than the 2009 versions. ""usa today"" reports most chrysler also be cheaper. the prius will be cheaper because of competition from the honda insight. a lot of people are saying, if you think you'll need a new car and for some reason you couldn't do it, you couldn't get there in time or you couldn't take advantage of the program, just wait a little while.
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not everything is getting cheaper though. do you like beer? i'm sore sorry if you said, of course, i like beer. prices this fall are going up on most beers in this country. budweiser maker, anheuser-busch and miller coors. >> i think i hear bob screaming many the background. >> that guy's t-shirt said a day without beer is terrible. these are the two big 800-pound gorillas in this case. they're both raising prices. one experts thinks it's going to be about 50 cents more for a six-pack. these two companies run 80% of the beer market together. the companies are blaming the higher cost of ingredients. >> 50 cents, that's a chunk. some of you are sending us your reactions to senator kennedy's death. lilly wrote on facebook page, somehow you think your heroes
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will live forever even though you know they're human like everyone else. rest in peace, senator kennedy, your work lives on. valerie from alabama typed in our facebook page, a beautiful image of ted kennedy's passing is the band of brothers, joe, john, bobby and ted are together again. god bless the kennedy family. we'll share more of your comments throughout the morning. if you're not quite sure how to get to our facebook page, you can go to cnn.com/robin. there's a little button that will send you there right away. in our salute to the troops, sergeant joseph merritt from his wife and mom. he's in iraq and is very much missed. >> good morning, robin. i'm sending a salute to my husband in iraq, sergeant joseph merritt. we love you, baby and miss you very much and can't wait for you to come home. >> this is carla kennedy, joey's mother. we love you. we miss you and are waiting for a safe return home.
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>> thank you robin. we miss you. >> that was a good phone call. if you have somebody in the service, go to cnn.com/robin. our breaking news story, the man known as the lion of the senate passed away. senator ted kennedy never gave up his battle for health care reform.
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this is the cause of my life, new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every american, north, south, east, west, young, old, will have decent quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege. >> and even until the end senator ted kennedy was working on that very issue and as you heard was near and dear to him, very much so, health care. almost a year into his cancer diagnosis, he was making calls from his sick bed lobbying for support. given he published a book back in 1972 called "in critical condition: the crisis in america's health care." in 1994 he, it was one of clinton's strongest allies in their failed effort for
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universal health coverage. kennedy passing away without seeing his dream come true as of yet. one dream he was able to see realized was his fight for civil rights. during the time of martin luther king, he made his first speech as a senator in 1964 in support of the civil rights act which broke down racial barriers by outlawing segregation in places like hotels and restaurants. he played a major role in the voting rights act, ending the discrimination in voting. over his friend hillary clinton, kennedy endorsed the man who would become the first african-american president. more on his legacy coming up. i'm rafer weigel with sports, as we remember senator kennedy, a lot of people knew he was a big sports fan. what many didn't know is he was almost in the nfl. according to kennedy's website in 1955, his senior year at harvard, he received a letter from green bay packer head coach lyle blackburn expressing interesting in signing him.
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kennedy declined and said he was going into another contact sport, politics. kennedy also a huge red sox fan and threw out the first pitch in times including just this past april. that's him there. the defense attorney of an iowa football coach says her client is not competent to stand trial. ed thomas was gunned down in june. police charged a 24-year-old former student mark becker with murder. becker's attorney says becker suffers from hallucinations and is not competent to be put on the stand. the d.a. says they'll ask the court for a separate evaluation. the williams sisters made history in another sport, in football. tennis stars venus and serena were officially introduced as part owners of miami dolphins. they bought a small stake in the team. that makes them the first african-american team to own part of an nfl team. they say they're huge dolphins fans and joining mark anthony
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and gloria estefan. wait until you see how this young woman made history in the little league world series. that's the next half hour. robin, over to you. if you're sitting here thinking about your slice flight today, here is bob with more on that. >> chicago right now, we had rain showers, heavy times over you. a good shot of rain. here is ord, o'hare, midway. there's lake michigan. you can see the rain streaming in from the west. it's going to be there all morning. we think in chicago we'll see the lengthiest delays. one hour or more, mainly in the morning. new york city, metro, gusty. atlanta, 30 minutes to an hour. detroit cleveland, houston, showers and thunderstorms. for the morning, cincinnati has poor visibility due to hog. san francisco with a 56-minute delay. right around there again today. more weather coming up in just about 15 minutes. okay.
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we are remembering the long and distinguished career of senator edward kennedy this morning. you'll hear what president obama had to say about kennedy as he awarded him the nation's highest civilian honor. ñññoññ oo
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breaking news this morning. massachusetts senator ted kennedy has died at the age of 77. he died last night in his vacation house aft battle with brain cancer. he was the third longest serving senator in u.s. history. you can tell by the tape how long he's been in the public spotlight. in the wake of his death, democrats are vowing to push harder. harry reid says they will rededicate themselves to the causes kennedy championed. kennedy was even working the phones from his sick bed trying to push through health care reform. drats is what one astronaut
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tweeted after the scrub of the shuttle. weather was the culprit tuesday. nasa hopes to launch on friday after testing the valves. a few of the headlines going on this morning. wanted to check in with you on this wednesday. i'm robin meade. back into our top story. this morning we look back at the legacy of ted kennedy. richard lui, we haven't seen these old pieces of tape of him. we mentioned even in his sick bed he was working, making calls, a fighter to the end. >> he was a fighter, robin. just weeks after surgery for brain cancer, for instance, he returned to the senate to cast the decisive vote for democrats on medicare and then he made a surprise appearance at the 2008 democratic convention. you might remember that, a moving moment that brought the crowd to its feet. >> this november the torch will be passed again to a new generation of americans.
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so with barack obama and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause. the work begins anew. the hope rises again, and the dream lives on. >> robin, he made sure he was there again in january to see president barack obama sworn in. he had a seizure at a luncheon afterwards. >> i remember, caused so much concern for a lot of people. senator kennedy was a leading spokesman on many liberal issues. a lot of people are going to remember him for his ability to also reach across the aisle and get stuff done. >> right. there are few stronger modern icons for liberal issues than kennedy. he was not always loved, especially by conservatives. nevertheless, he was able to build coalitions across the aisle and friends as well. >> i describe ted kennedy as the last lion in the senate.
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held that view because he remains the single most effective member of the senate if you want to get results. >> to get those results, liberal kennedy learned the art of compromise, sometimes angering fellow democrats by partnering with ardent conservatives. >> we fight each other most of the time and those are knock-down, drag-out battles. i have to say there are very few people in my lifetime that i've had more respect and now reverence for than senator kennedy. >> all too often it fell to uncle teddy, the patriarch to steer the family through trials and tragedy. >> all right. that was congressional correspondent dana bash with that. senate republican orrin hatch was one of his greatest friends and senator cain and kennedy co-sponsored immigration legislation. >> one of the stories i was listening to today, people on capitol hill would say that you could hear him laughing -- he had this really boys center
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rouse laugh. you could hear him laughing before you could actually see him. richard, thank you. a retiree is waking up with an extra, say, $260 million. the former south carolina state employee turned in the winning powerball ticket yesterday. he says that money is not going to change me. >> stopped by my favorite place which is walmart, it's the saving place for those of you who don't know. when i got my gas, i went to save my three cents a gallon on gas. i thought i may as well put $2.00 in lottery tickets. i did and they threw it back to me. >> he wouldn't share his plans for the money, whether he'll take a lump sum or $88 million after taxes. >> it's probably wise not to share your plans. if everyone suddenly is your relative. if you say i took it in payments, that means you don't have the money right now.
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>> he's going to have cousins he never even heard of. what's up, robin? >> sorry, bob. this weather is brought to you by zyrtec. it's an active morning. across the midwest into the central plains, a cold front through the great lakes. that empties up around colorado. the energy is riding along with the heaviest downpours to the south part of nebraska into northern parts of kansas. the whole thing is rolling over towards the east. more showers and thunderstorms developing by later this morning in towards kansas city. you can see you're dry right now. the rain is headed in your direction. the rain is stretching towards northern illinois and getting in towards chicago right now. chicago is getting dumped on with heavy downpours. let me show you what it looks like live from the tower cam. kind of tough to discern what you're looking at. you can see the clouds rolling in and rolling out. the clouds are moving from the west to the east. that's a dramatic picture in chicago. your high today, mid 70s. as you can see from the picture,
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rain in the morning, a couple of thundershowers a possibility from this afternoon. what a great shot that is of chicago. good morning to you guys. back to the east, the cold front begins in canada and drops towards the toronto area. look at the showers moving through ontario and getting towards lake ontario and lake erie. the whole line moving through buffalo, rochester, syracuse, on the way to nyc and boston for tonight. might get powerful thunderstorms there. that's something we'll be watching. more showers are a good possibility for florida. most of it is offshore. more of that in just about a half hour. >> it's scary stuff right there. it's not severe. it's just rain. there we go. we are following a developing story today. senator ted kennedy passed away. in the next hour we do expect president obama to speak about his close friend. we're going to bring that live right here on hln.
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breaking news today. we are remembering senator ted kennedy who lost his battle with brain cancer overnight. he was 77. kennedy famously ran against then president jimmy carter in 1980 in a failed white house bid. despite the loss, one presidential historian says it didn't stop him from becoming a political giant. >> it was ted kennedy who became the representative of people that felt that they weren't being counted, their vote wasn't counted, their voices weren't being heard. kennedy, that seemed to almost
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viscerally hurt him, that people thought dem ocracy, our countrys democracy didn't have a place for them. so he became this giant, you know, bounce of wisdom about the people on the horror side of the march and earned a spot as their great champion. >> it is rare for someone to take on a sitting president in their party's primary. you see the point there. that is exactly what senator kennedy did in 1980 against jimmy carter. he lost but made one of the most famous speeches of his career. the key line there "the dream shall never die." some of you are sharing your reaction toss his death on our facebook page. marilyn writes, it's hard to believe you can love and already miss someone you never met. i'm a boston native and have always loved ted. july says kennedy had the burden of carrying on the family end. he was a warier for human rights and dignity. even to the end he was fighting for us. >> we'll be remembering him all
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morning. give me your thoughts about his passing or a comment on his life or legacy. tell us about your strongest memories of him maybe on our facebook page. how do you get there? go to cnn.com/robin. there's a button that will send you there. you can see the half staff pictures in the capitol. most people agree sending text messages while you drive is dangerous, even deadly. new technology can put a stop with it. i have issues with it, jennifer westhoven. >> with the technology? >> i'll tell you why. go ahead. >> more people texting when they're behind the wheel. a big story, study saying it's so dangerous. there are companies that are scrambling, they see a chance to make a buck here, trying to come up with software to block phones from sending and receiving texts while driving. it's easy for them to do if the phone has a gps in it. the phone knows when it's going more than 15 miles an hour. the companies figure parents could be interested for their
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kids or if you put it on your phone, you might get a discount from your insurance company. >> here is my problem with it. what if you're riding a train, riding in the car, what if you're walking? you can text doing all of those things. >> i think walking wouldn't be fast enough. i agree with you, what if you're in the back seat of the car and trying to get directions, for example, trying to help the navigator by not having them do it, you're doing it. it doesn't sound like this is going to be something that's mandatory. sounds like something that is option. we'll see. here is good news. stocks, they did it again. a small gain last night. but that's the highest level since last november for all three of these major indices here. there's the doubt, 9539. so highs for the year. you know your spending habits. what about the habits of your wife or your husband? what do you think of them? a new study suggests you probably married your financial opposite. and the theory is, if you like to save, you'll find a spouse who is a spender and vice versa.
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you may not even know it at the time. you know how that winds up. >> keeps you at soozero. it all balances out to zero. >> they're kalg it fatal fiscal attraction. they say that's because, even if you're not conscious of this, you already know how you deal with money. when you look for a spouse you're also looking for somebody who does something else with money, they have other skills they bring to the table. they handle it differently. although in the end, that the lead to some arguments. robin. >> all right. i can't argue that. a california woman was planning to move when burglars went ahead and cleared out the furniture for her. it's how they got caught that has the victim calling them dumb criminals. that's new for you in the next 45 minutes.
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the youngest son of the kennedy political dynasty has died. senator edward kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer last night. this video is actually from the funeral of his brother robert who was killed running for president in 1968. following that death and the earlier assassination of
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president john f. kennedy, the senator tried to keep their memory alive with his dedication to public service. i'm amazed at the amount of tape we've been able to pull up today from the younger years of the live of senator ted kennedy. bob is here to tell our travelers what kind of day you're going to have. i'm thinking chicago right now is kind of rough going. >> it's a tough unone. no delay right now. let me show you what it looks like, just a couple minutes ago in chicago, the low clouds are in. check out the time lapse right here coming in. there's the low clouds. the rain is there as well. on the screen itself you can see the raindroping on down. that's going to be the story for the entire morning. chicago, the lengthiest delays will be found here. a beautiful shot though. here is what it looks like a rest of the day, chicago an hour or more. new york city metro, 30 minutes also because of winds popping up today. atlanta looking at an east wind this afternoon. 30-minute delays because of
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that. out west, san francisco, yesterday, about an hour. anticipate about a 30-minute to one hour delay in san francisco. more in about a half hour. are you a woman breaking the mold or maybe you know a woman who is? morning express with robin meade is looking for strong women who have overcome big challenges to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. starting in october, we'll be pro filing the most inspirational stories. in our new series break through women. to nominate someone go to cnn.com slash robin and scroll down to the breakthrough women box. for the first time, a young girl, speaking of a breakthrough, was the hero in the little league world series. hi, rafer. >> i nominate this young girl. i really hope she will inspire other young girls including my baby sister who is 14. this girl is 13-year-old katie reyes from vancouver. her team down by one, bases loaded. she knocks in two run toss put
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canada ahead of germany by one run. that's exciting stuff. in the final inning 13-year-old katie also gets the final out for her team. she's playing at first base. watch as she stretches just to get the runner. she's one of two girls playing in the world series. congrats to her and team canada. when lance at which time ters, people listen. thousands joined him for a bike ride after he tweeted good morning, dublin, who wants to ride this afternoon, 5:30 p.m. look how many showed up. this is in phoenix park. he did it in scotland and plans to do it in new york, tweeting to invite people to ride, london, amsterdam and l.a. he doesn't think anyone can out do dublin. the gauntlet has been lowered. former nba referee tim done gee is behind bars. u.s. marshals say the man who pled guilty to fixing and betting on nash games violated
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his probation because he didn't show up to work. he was arrested at a halfway house in tampa where he's finishing out a 15-month sentence. lastly, let's ends on wackiness, the annual bird man competition in england's south shore. that's pretty good stuff. that hand glider guy there gets pretty far. that's good. this is the bad and, of course. >> the ugly. >> the ugly. this looks like it hurt. and then just gets bizarre. does the plane fly? no. >> no, but it looks good. >> just throwing it over the edge. why stop there? why not throw other planes over. i just don't understand, you build the stuff and then throw it over. i don't know. that's just me. that's sports. south carolina governor mark sanford, remember him? he may soon be impeached by fellow republican. the governor disclosed in june he had an affair with a woman from argentina. sanford is facing scrutiny for using state funds improperly.
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two political allies tell cnn they warned him unless he steps down, he will likely be impeached. the governor is rejecting advice to resign. to resign. are you slowly digging out of debt? a recent report has some good news about all of our debt. hln money expert clark howard has your check-up. >> a lot of us are exhausted by the finances in our household. and i've got great news on that front. for five months in a row, the feds report that you and i have reduced the amount of debt we're carrying. we are steadily on a debt die he. and it's virtually all kinds of debt. the amount of money that we're taking out on credit cards going down. the amount of money we're taking out for things like car loans, going down. and i hope that this trend continues. because we as americans are so in over our heads with debt, that we need to get healthy.
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and i know economists want us to run out and spend money here, there, and everywhere, shop until we drop and all that, to boost the temporary or hopefully permanent recovery in the economy. but for long-term permanent improvement in our country, and for yourself, we need to reduce debt. i'm clark howard. for more on my ideas about your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> well, clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. he is on at noon eastern on the weekends on hln. many health workers may refuse to get vaccinated for the swine flu. a new study finds that about half of hong kong's health workers say they would turn down a vaccine for the h1n1. most said they are afraid of side effects, potentially experts say the trend was likely applied worldwide. several vaccines are being tested and officials say so far the side effects are minor. a little girl's wish came true.
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she wanted to be a cow girl. why that wish is very special.
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all right. rise and shine this morning on a wednesday. i'm robin meade. thank you for your time. you know, we have been covering breaking news overnight and here we go into that story. >> the work begins anew! the hope rises again! and the dream lives on. >> the lion of the senate has died. while you were sleeping, senator ted kennedy passed away. of we're looking at the man and his legacy. so that's our breaking news from overnight. t the edward kennedy, the long-time democratic senator from massachusetts lost his battle with brain cancer. kennedy was one of the most influential lawmakers on capitol hill. plus, reached across the party
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lines several times to get legislation passed. during his time in the senate, kennedy also fought for legislation that would benefit the poor and working class. >> it was ted kennedy who became the representative of people that felt that they weren't being counted, their vote wasn't counted, their voices weren't being heard, and kennedy -- that seemed to almost viscerally hurt him that, people thought that democracy or our country's democracy didn't have a place for him. so he became this giant, you know, average wisdom about the people on the, and earned a spot as their great champion. >> reaction to the senator's death is coming in this morning. arnold schwarzenegger called him a man of great faith and character. fellow massachusetts senator john kerry said that kennedy taught us how to fight, how to laugh, how to treat each other. we're expecting a statement in
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about 30 minutes from president obama, and we'll bring that to you live as it happens. senator kennedy went after the democratic nomination for president in 1980. a fierce campaign between him and then president jimmy carter lasted all the way to the parties' convention in new york. once he realized that carter was going to win the nomination, the senator was gracious in defeat. >> for me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. for all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on. the cause endures. the hope still lives. and is the dream shall never die. >> and a lot of people remember him by those statements. kennedy became the patriarch of the family after the death of his brothers john and robert, including his own children, uncle teddy was a father figure to many other nieces and nephews. in 1986, he walked caroline
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kennedy down the aisle and gave the eulogy of jfk's funeral in 1999. he could not attend the funeral of his own sister, eunice, earlier this month because of his own health problems. ted kennedy was the third longest serving senator in u.s. kennedy. he took over in 1962. ted kennedy, the youngest son of the kennedy political dynasty is dead this morning at the age of 77. now, we'll be remembering him all morning, because we're hln, i need to cover some of the other stories of the day for you, so let's go into those right now. a teen accused of bringing people bombs, a chain saw and a sword to his old high school is expected to be charged today. police in california believe that the 17-year-old planned monday's attacks for months of. they think he was targeting fact you will who he believes wronged him. two bombs went off, but there was no serious damage or injury. a teacher described how he stopped the teen. >> he's running towards people
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instead of towards safety. so that kind of made me a little bit kind of worried about what the kid was doing, so i just kind of decided to -- i closed the distance and put him in a bear hug, and then i decided to kind of flip him and put him on the ground, and that's when the thinking came in. i just thought to myself, if i'm wrong, i'll apologize to his parents later. and if i'm right, then i'm going to hold this kid down. >> well, more than 1,200 students and staff were evacuated monday. they're heading back to class today. another town hall meeting about health care turned into chaos last night. opponents of the president's reform plan spent hours shouting down virginia democratic congressman jim moran and howard dean, the democratic party chairman. >> baby killers. abortion is murder, and howard dean is a baby killer. >> critics promised to disrupt the event. now, the democratic national
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committee provided signs for supporters. they spent most of their time dealing with rumors about the plan. >> september 7th, the passage of reform would mandate abortion coverage and all publicly offered options, thus making taxpayer dollars available to fund abortion. that's the myth. the fact -- the fact is that abortion is not mandated in any of the legislation that has been passed by the congress. >> well, there is a lot of hearsay about the proposal, but check out the facts for yourself about the health care debate at cnn.com/robin. many health workers may refuse to get vaccinated for swine flu. a new study finds that about half of hong kong's health care workers say that they would turn down a vaccine for the h1n1. now, most said they were afraid of potential side effects. but experts say the trend would likely apply worldwide. several vaccines are being tested and officials say that so
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far the side effects are minor. okay. five minutes after the hour. for those of you who already have to go to school bus this morning -- man, your school starts early, doesn't it bob? >> no doubt about it. what do we start, the first wednesday after labor day? >> that was you in new york. in ohio, it was one week before of. >> one week before. >> so starting to get into the school-starting season, no doubt about it. what about the weather? it's heavy at times now, basically from kansas through nebraska in towards iowa. all following that frontal boundary into chicago. so that's what it looks like here. otherwise, high pressure dominating in the atlantic through the gulf coast. but watch the heavy rains pulling out from northern kansas toward kansas city shortly here. here is i-70, the biggest bowling ball of rain moving over toward the east, so that will spread toward northern missouri shortly and will get in toward the rest of illinois later this afternoon, too. look at the showers already developing around that cold front, now moving on in toward the chicago metro area. so its a tough morning commute for you in chicago, now it's
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stretching on in toward the lower parts of michigan in towards northern indiana, too. so that's what it looks like in the midwest. the northeast has a cold front around lake ontario, the rain is riding around that, but ahead of this, it's going to be hot today. so you can look at temperatures easily, 90 degrees when you get towards philly, probably around d.c. and new york, as well. nyc, a hot one ahead of the cold front, hazy, as well. thunderstorms developing late this evening, towards tonight in new york. and that's going to drop your temperatures down for you tomorrow. but today in nyc, that's going to be hot. you can see it right there, bob. feels like august. looks like august. smells like august. >> hey, it's august. >> yeah, what are you going to do? there you go, rob. >> we are following our breaking story overnight. the death of one of the longest-serving senators in u.s. history. we remember ted kennedy this morning. the highlights of his career, and the reaction from those close to him.
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the senator was on his way to the state democratic convention. >> we are remembering the life of senator ted kennedy this morning. he lost his battle with cancer last night, and this is the scene, an old scene from the senator's plane crash in western massachusetts in 1964. the crash killed an aide, and kennedy suffered decades of pain from a broken back from that crash. >> it's interesting to pull out the old news reels, isn't it? some of you are sending in your reactions to his death and his impact on politics. beth from north carolina writes, just imagine who was lined up to greet senator kennedy on the other side. you think about his brothers and dad. well, actually, a lot of family members, sadly. and cameron h. posted this on facebook. senator kennedy meant a lot to
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his party and the world of politics. so i did the not agree with his liberal views. his death has saddened me and his family is in my prayers. >> we're going to remember him this morning, and we to hear from you. give us your thoughts about it. a comment about his life or legacy or maybe your strongest memories of him on our facebook page. and write it in a way that we can use on the air, so we would love to have your comments on our air. cnn.com/robin. it will take you right to facebook. is it time for a military salute right now, and today's salute is for sergeant joseph marek, from his wife and his mom. sergeant marek is in iraq and very much missed. >> good morning, robin, i'm sending a salute to my husband in iraq, sergeant joseph merit, we love you, baby, and miss you very much and can't wait for you to come home. >> this is carla kennedy, joey's mother. we love you, miss you, and we're waiting for a safe return home.
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>> thank you, robin. we miss you. >> what a sweet phone call. if you have somebody in the service, go to cnn.com/robin. we can get them on. a salute. your salute. if you could not take advantage of the cash for jennifer westhoven is here. so the dealers are like, okay, maybe if i can get you in door, what can i offer you? >> right now, don't have many cars to offer. >> right. because they didn't have any money to buy them back. >> but once they start to come in, amazing deals if you can wait a few months. probably lower sticker prices on the lot. that is good news in a bad economy. industry experts say that now that cash for clunkers is over, for a little while, car sales will probably fall off a cliff, and then dealers will slash prices. one analyst said you're probably going to see incentives up to $3,000 for a new car? and he said that's the average from he had mopds.com. some of the new 2010 cars will probably be even cheaper than the 2009 version.
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that's unusual. "usa today" says both chrysler will have cheaper sticker provideses and toyota a cheaper version of prius. if you're thinking about refinancing your home, mortgage rates, they're still near all-time lows. i know, i know, they're not where they were back in april. but they're good. much the national average for a 30-year fixed rate, just over 5%. a year ago, nearly 6.5%. so that would be $215 a month in terms of a lower monthly mortgage payment. look, even 6.5% is not bad historically, robin. i've heard some stories of people who bought back in the '80s and you're talking 13 or 14% interest rates. >> yeah. >> this is, like, if you bought -- >> like your credit card rates. >> exactly. this is like the gi bill kind of rates. really low. >> very good. thank you. our breaking news story, the man known as the lion of the senate has passed away. despite his battle with cancer, senator ted kennedy did not give
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up his battle for health care reform.
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ted kennedy's career spanned nearly five decades in the senate. the late senator left his mark on everything from civil rights to education. correspondent richard lui joins us now. you know, even at the end -- near the end, he apparently was working on health care, an issue that he referred to as the cause of his life, even though he was in his sick bed, we'll call it that. >> absolutely, robin. months ago, almost a year into his cancer diagnosis, he was making calls from his sick bed, as you were alluding to, lobbying for support on health care. not surprising, he published a back in 1972 called "in critical condition: the crisis in america's health care." and then in 1994, he was one of the clinton's strongest allies in their failed efforts for
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universal health care. that year, we talked to our sister network cnn about the impact it would have on today's health care. >> if he had been in the senate, i think the tone might have been a little different on health care. because, by the way, he might have gone to president obama. we don't know that he hasn't already done that and said, look, this is where you need to cut your deal, and this is what you need to do. you know, he understood the power of persuasion. >> and robin now kennedy, of course, passing away without seeing his dream come true. >> you know, one of the first issues he had to tackle as a young senator was civil rights. >> right. very important issue for him, as well, bag going to those days. kennedy made his first speech as a senator in 1964, in support of civil rights, and the civil rights act, which broke down racial barriers at the time by outlawing segregation in places like hotels and restaurants. and he also played a major role in the voting rights act of 1 5 1965. that law could end
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discrimination against minorities in voting. and then, robin, last year over his friend hillary clinton, kennedy endorsed the man who would become the first african-american president. you know, i thought it was interesting, too, some people just saying that he was a very strong liberal voice, but when he wanted to reach across the aisle, a lot of times he would take people on his boat. >> oh, good practice. >> yeah, and kind of have like -- well, let's have a conversation out of the office type of thing, make them feel comfortable. richard, thank you. appreciate it. american kids are falling behind in math and science. in math, they are in the bottom quarter of a cross-section of countries. a national center for education stats report says that finland, china and estonia are doing better. in science, canada, japan and the czech republic do better. arnie duncan says this will hurt the u.s. as it competes internationally. we are remembering senator ted kennedy. one thing you may not have known about him, he was almost in the nfl. how is that, rafer?
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>> well, he was a darned good football player, apparently, robin. and he almost became a green bay packer. now, he played football at harvard. now, according to his website, in kennedy's senior year back in 1955, he got a letter from then packer head coach lyle blackburn saying they were interested in possibly signing him, and he politely declined, saying he planned to go to law school and into another contact sport, politics. the senator was also, as you know, a huge red sox fan. he threw out the first pitch many times, including just this past april. that was him, just in april. in other news, the defensive attorney for the man accused of killing a beloved iowa football coach says her client is not confident to go to trail. ed thomas was gunned down at his school in june right in front of his students. police charged a 24-year-old former student mark becker with the murder. now becker's attorney says doctors say he suffers from hallucinations and is incompetent to be put on the
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stand. the d.a., though, will ask for a separate evaluation of that. and lastly, the williams sisters have made history in another sport, in football. no, they were not signed by the miami dolphins, but they were officially introduced as part owners of that team. they bought a small stake in it making them the first african-american women to ever partially own an nfl team. they both live in south florida. they say they are huge dolphins fans, and how cool is that? let's go watch the team that we own. much. and speaking of girl power, wait until you see how this young woman also made history in the little league world series. that in 30 minutes. robin? >> go, girl. all right. thank you. some of the stories in the morning express planner. in about an hour, the aclu will challenge florida's law banning gays from adoption. at 10:00 a.m. eastern, columbia university's subsance abuse center will release a report that teens have seen their parents drunk are twice as likely to get drunk in a given
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month. and vice president biden will announce which energy programs will receive the next round of money in the recovery act. we're getting some good comments on our facebook page. i asked people, you know, what would you like to write about senator ted kennedy and his passing today. so we're reading those on the air. so go ahead and get on our facebook page. cnn.com/robin. bobby. >> kwoorm good morning, robin. so far so good in chicago, even though there are clouds and rain, as well, i haven't seen a delay pop up yet. but you're going to get some. here's what is looks like at sabre flight explorer. midway, and i hate to tell you that's a majors city that gets delays when you get the lightest bit of rain. one hour or more in chicago, bank on that one. also, more showers and storms, new york city metro, just gusty wind. of same with atlanta, gusty wind. storms redeveloping around places like kansas city, detroit, and san francisco. morning fog, rob, more in a bit.
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>> a burglary victim says she knew something was suspicious when her neighbor showed up wearing her missing clothes! >> i was shocked! really, i looked and i said, you are wearing my clothes!
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breaking news this morning. massachusetts senator ted kennedy is dead at the age of 77. he died last night in his vacation home after a battle with brain cancer. kennedy was the longest-serving senator in u.s. history. we are expecting a statement from the senator about the senator from the president any minute now. we're going to bring that to you live. in the wake of senator kennedy's death, democrats are vowing to push harder on health care reform. senate majority leader harry reid says that they will rededicate themselves to the causes that kennedy championed. kennedy was even working the phones from his sick bed, trying to push through health care reform. drats is what one astronaut
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tweeted after the delay of the launch of the shuttle last night. weather was the culprit tuesday. nasa hopes to launch early friday after testing the valves. those are some of our headlines today. wanted to say good morning. as you get your coffee going this morning and you may have learned when you woke up today from us that we are looking back at the legacy of senator ted kennedy, because he passed away overnight. of correspondent richard lui, you mentioned that even when he was there in his sick bed, he was working, making calls for a cause that he thought was very important. >> right. of. >> a fighter to the end. >> absolutely. a fighter to the end, robin. one example, weeks after surgery for brain cancer, he returned to the senate to cast a decisive vote for democrats on medicare. then he made a surprise appearance here at the 2008 democratic convention, a moving moment that brought the crowd to its feet there. made sure, though, he was there again in january 2 to see president praem sworn in. robin, he had a seizure, though,
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at a luncheon afterwards. >> yeah, causing a lot of concern. senator kennedy was a leading spokesperson on many liberal issues, but he also had an ability to reach across the aisle to get things done. i think some of the points were, you know -- it's better to have something good than to have something, you know, perfect and not be able to get it, basically. >> exactly, robin. and there are a few stronger modern icons for liberal issues than kennedy, and still able to get things done. and, so you know, because he was that icon of liberal issues, he wasn't always loved, especially by conservatives. nevertheless, he was able to build coalitions across the 5i8 aisle, and friends, as well, including republican senator orrin hatch. >> we fight each other move of the time, and those are knock-down, brag-out battles. i have to say, there are very few people in my lifetime that i've had more respect and now reverence for than senator kennedy. >> that's not the way it is now.
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politicians really can't get very much done, it's polarized, divisive and i think that's the biggest legacy of teddy kennedy. he could break a deal, and if he don't get the loaf for the people he represented, he got half a loaf, anyway. >> and mayor flynn, an old friend of kennedy. and he had compromise down to a fine art. among those, he worked with senator john mccain, too, the two co sponsored immigration legislation, as well. >> thank you. we're going to be talking about senator kennedy throughout the day on hln, but we also want to keep you up to date on the other top stories of the day, because we're hln, that's what we do. here are some of those stories. the post office is offering more than $450 million for its employees to quit early. the buyout deal is for up to 30,000 employees who agree to resign or retire this year. your mail carrier does not qualify, though. the postal service says that letter careers are not eligible, because mail delivery service is growing. eligible employees get an extra
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$15,000 over two years. battery shipments could be a serious safety hazard for airlines. a pilots' union wants the governments to ban shipments of lithium batteries on cargo and passenger flights. it is said they could erupt in smoke or flames. the union says the passengers should be able to bring batteries like in their laptop on the flight. a referee charged with $260 million bucks. you don't say. the former south carolina state employee turned in his winning powerball ticket. the winner says, oh, it's not going to change me. >> shop at my favorite place, walmart, the saving place, and get my 3 cents a gallon on gas, bought my lot tree ticket and they threw it back at me. >> the retiree would not share his plans for the money and not saying if he's going to collect
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it in payments or a lump sum. 8el million after taxes. a 10-year-old florida girl was sent to the principal's office because of the words on her t-shirt. the school district's dress code bans anything that could be distracting or offensive. i don't think you can see the shirt yet. she went home because of it, though. the girl's dad is a pastor, and local media reports the same words once appeared on his church's sign. >> we as parents and for our children, we need to raise them up that they're willing to stand for what they believe, whether people in society like it or don't. >> if i can come back to school, then i will. if i can't wear the shirt, i won't wear the shirt. but i will still talk to people about islamic slavery. >> the school district says her parents could have brought another shirt but chose to bring her homestead.
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the president of the local muslim association, the anti muslim message should not be accepted, because school needs to be a place where kids can learn to respect each other. 35 minutes past the hour. for some of you, it's already time for a bus stop forecast. school started early. >> even though it doesn't feel like school, you're right. warm temperatures across florida in towards the northeast today, too. 90 in new york. but look at the tropics right now. nasa hurricane center is watching this area very closely. it's a tropical wave, but showing some signs of better rotation to it, getting a little better organized and this could be tropical storm danny by the end of the kay. so unfortunately, this thing is growing in intensity and a little strength, too. let me show you the models. we're looking at the computer models right here, and we call these the spaghetti paths, because we think we're going to see this do basically what bill did last week. these are seven models individually plotted and you see the lines go up toward the east coast, toward the cape hatteras
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area and then bend it back toward the north and northeast. but nova scotia, newfoundland, you may be under the gun again, at least according to the seven different models. and the one that's red is the one we usually look at, right over nova scotia. what about the rest of the country? here's how it looks. high pressure dominating in georgia. get toward the west, look at the showers and thunderstorms. some of these have been heavy rain makers over the last few hours. here is nebraska, rain going down i-90. to the east farther in toward kc, dry now. look at the thunderstorms over topeca, moving in your direction. take you live to kansas city. here's what it looks like, daytime high today going to get to the low 80s. but showers and thunderstorms on the way. right now, you're dry. late this morning, though, we have it off to your west. it's going to get on there and could see as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain once it finally starts today. more on that, robin, in about a half hour. >> all right. breaking news from overnight. the death of a washington
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legend. we are remembering senator ted kennedy this morning. the highlights from his career and the reaction from those close to him. and here are live, beautiful pictures this morning from the kennedy family vacation home in massachusetts. and obviously, there is a lot of heartbreak there this morning.
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beyond what he was in life, be remembered simply as a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it.
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saw war and tried to stop it. those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today pray that what he was to us, what he wished for others, will some day come to pass for all the world. >> that was senator ted kennedy remembering his brother, robert, during the eulogy at his funeral. well, now the world remembers a life of senator kennedy who died last night at the age of 77. following robert's death and earlier assassination of president john f. kennedy, senator tried to keep their memory alive in his dedication to public service. we are expecting an on-camera statement from president obama in about 20 minutes at 9:00 eastern. but the president did release a written statement this morning, saying, our country has lost a great leader, and that he has profited as president from kennedy's encouragement and wisdom. you know, i think most people would agree that texting
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while you're driving is dangerous. but a new technology could put a stop to that. might have some problems with it. money expert jennifer westhoven, let's see if you have some problems, too. it's a good idea. >> yeah, let's go through that, it's important, too. more people are texting while behind the wheel. there are companies that are scramble to go make a buck on this, working on software that could block phones from sending or getting texts if those phones are moving fast. and it's easy for them to measure that if the phone has a gps in it. so that's the way they can kind of tell if you're in a car. now, the companies, for now, it doesn't look like what they're doing is coming up with something that will lock your phone, no matter what. it looks like it's choice so parents can get it for their kids or if you opted to get it, your insurance company could offer you a discount. but i will say this. a lot of the wirelesses phone companies are very interested in it. so i wonder, robin, if they might -- put that on your phone. >> well, my problem is, what if you're on a bus, and moving, and
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you can't text? you're the rider, not the driver. what if you're in the back seat of the car, what if you're on a train? >> yeah, the gps senses you're moving, so won't let you text. that would be a pain! go ahead. >> so hopefully, it would be something you would choose to get, not something that you are definitely stuck with. yeah, what if you're not driving? stocks, they did it again last night. not sure how the market is going to open this morning when the bell rings in 45 minutes, but last night some gains -- those aren't big gains, but look at the numbers in yellow at the bottom. 9539. that's the highest for the dow since november. so these are highs for the year for the dow, nasdaq and s&p 500. robin, back to you. >> you got it. >> breaking news today. senator ted kennedy has lost his battle with brain cancer. he fought hard to follow his brother, jfk, into the white house. why his failure may have been a good thing for his career. and those that he wanted to help.
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breaking news. we are remembering senator ted kennedy who lost his battle with brain cancer overnight at the
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age of 77. he earned a reputation as the lion of the senate. but many wanted more from the brother of jfk. author ed kline says his failed white house bid only made him stronger. >> teddy really never felt that the presidency was his destiny. yes, he did run several times, certainly very seriously in 1980 when he didn't get the nomination. but i think it was the loss of any hope that he would become president that freed him, finally, to become what he was meant to become, which was a great legislator. >> it is rare for someone to take on a sitting president in their party's primary. it's exactly what senator kennedy did in 1980 against jimmy carter. well, he lost, but made one of the most famous speeches of his career. its key line is "the dream shall
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never die." some of you are sharing reaction to the death of senator kennedy on our facebook page. dennis writes, to sum up how i feel, all i need to say is chad mcquidic, don't forget mary jo. for 40 years i was a republican, and i switched in 2006 to the democratic party, in part due to ted's influence. you can send us an e-mail and if you're going to go there. >> very inspiring young little girl, because officials say this is the first time that a young girl has ever had the game-winning hit in a little league world series, and she is
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13-year-old katie reyes from vancouver. talk about a dramatic moment with the bases loaded, she comes up to the plate. she says she was shaking and then she hits the single and it just -- drops in two runs, so canada goes up over germany by one. well, they still have to close out the game. not only does she have the game-winning hit, but she got the last out in the game, as well. here it is, right here on a ground ball. she is playing first base and watch as she makes the stretch. and canada wins. congrats to her. when lance armstrong twit r twitte twitters, people listen. thousands join him for a bike ride in dublin after he tweeted, good morning dublin, who wants to ride this afternoon? i do. 5:30 p.m. look at how many people showed up to phoenix park, and, you know, he also did this in scotland and he plans to do it in new york, london, amsterdam and l.a., as well. >> but you can always say, i went riding with lance armstrong. never mind it was like with thousands of people. >> it's going to be like wood
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stock where everybody says they were there. when they weren't. >> a disgraced referee is behind bars. u.s. marshals arrested tim donaghy for violating his probation because he didn't show up for work. if that is true, how stupid is that? he was serving a 50-month sentence at a halfway house for gambling and fixing nba games and giving inside information to other gamblers. jail records show he had a sales job. all right. let's leave you on an up note, perhaps. a little wackiness. it's the the annual birdman competition. >> oh, good! >> these guys did a good job. this is england's south shore. that was the good. this the bad. >> this is the reason why that wouldn't fly. >> you think that looks painful, look at that. >> ooh, the you ugly! . >> and they threw everything off the darn edge of that cliff. that's sports. . thank you. are you a woman who is breaking the mold or do you know a woman who is? "morning express" with robin
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meade is looking for strong women who have overcome big challenges to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. so starting in october, inspirational story in our new series called "breakthrough women." to nominate somebody, go to cnn.com/robin and scroll down to the breakthrough women box. travelers, there's your -- yeah, your man, bob. he's your man. >> i'm everybody's man, i'm the everyday man. if you're traveling out there in chicago right now, o'haye'hayer5 minutes delayed because of low fog. >> it looks like about 5:00 a.m. there, it's so dark. >> it looks like a batman movie. that's what it looks like in chicago. you have a delay of about 30 minutes. i think, chicago, your delays will build as the rain continues on in. here's what we have this
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afternoon. look for an hour or more around chicago. midway, you'll get involved in that. windy city, winds will pick up there. look for about a 30-minute delay in nyc. san francisco, about an hour. watch for an hour to a half hour delay today. we've got some live pictures here of a fire that's burning near a major freeway in california. live pictures, and this looks stronger than the tape that we had. look at the way the flames just seem to be exploding over stuff. i don't want to say there are explosions, but it's just kind of growing and engulfing, it looks like. the brush fire is next to the 405, and it is, what -- no, 5:51 there. what's it going to do with the morning rush, which is already bad, by the way? they said minor explosions were heard earlier, no homes were
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threatened, but what a live picture there for you. we'll keep you on top of that. a little girl's wish came true. she wanted to be a cowgirl. why this wish was so special.
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all right, morning, sunshine. i'm so glad that you are a part of our family today. i'm robin meade, and here's what we're working on in the headlines this morning. first a breaking story. >> for all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die. >> the lion of the senate has passed away. while you were sleeping, senator ted kennedy passed away. we're looking at the man in his legacy, so we will start right there. the torch fair of the senate has died, edward kennedy from massachusetts lost his battle
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with brain cancer. kennedy was one of the most influential lawmakers in capital hill but reached across party lines to get legislation passed. he often used his political power to help the people in his home state. >> his effectiveness, i wish it wasn't so pattice in the way it is now, because he could bring me in to meet howard simpson and bob dole. don't forget, they were in charge of the senate at the time reagan was there. but at the same time, teddy could bring me in to the white house, into the senate and introduce me and file legislation that would help working class people build a new city hospital in boston. teddy could do that. >> well, even more reaction to senator kennedy's death has been pouring in today. california governor and kennedy family member arnold
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schwarzenegger called him a man of great faith and character. mitt romney lost a senate election to kennedy in 1994 said he was the kind of man you could like even if he was your adversary. we're expecting a statement from president obama in about half an hour. that will be on camera and we'll bring it to you live. kennedy's death comes exactly one year after he gave an impassioned speech. he gave a speech after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. he gave a speech for president obama as president. >> as i look ahead, i am strengthened by family and friendship. so many of you have been with me in the happiest days and the hardest days. together we have known success and seen setbacks, victory and defeat. but we have never lost our
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belief that we are all called to a better country and a newer world. >> kennedy became the patriarch of the family after the death of his brothers john and robert. including his own children, uncle teddy was a father figure to many of his nieces and nephews. in 1996, he walked carolyn kennedy down the aisle. he couldn't attend the funeral of his sister, eunice, because of his own health problems. he took over his brother john f. kennedy's senate seat in 1962. kennedy was the youngest son of the kennedy political dynasty and is dead at the age of 77.
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police believe the 17-year-old planned monday's attack for month. they believe he was targeting faculty he believes wronged him. two bombs went off, but there were no fatalities or injuries. police describe how they stopped the teen. >> he's running towards people, so that kind of made me worry about what this kid was doing, so i just kind of decided to -- i closed the distance and put him in a bear hug, and then i decided to kind of flip him and put him on the ground, and that's when the thinking came in. i just thought to myself, if i'm wrong, i'll apologize to his parents later, and if i'm right, then i'm going to hold this kid down. >> more than 1200 students and staff were evacuated on monday. they'll head back to class today. there's a wildfire burning near l.a. we've got signals from helicopters over it. about 1,000 firefighters are
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battling the fire in angeles national forest. all of that haze is smoke from the fire? i can't say that's true, i'm not sure, but right now it looks like the helicopters are changing places. the flames -- let me show you the piece of tape we got earlier just a couple minutes ago. the flames were like 40 feet high. picnickers, campers and hikers, they were evacuated yesterday, but look at the way it's kind of eating up over the ridge. meanwhile, firefighters contained a brush fire near a major california freeway. let me show you that video. i think that's a different piece of video. do we have that one? here's that, and that is near the 405 in long beach. no injuries are reported in that one. another town hall meeting on health care turned into chaos last night. opponents of the president's reform plan shot down congressman jim moran and howard dean, the former democratic party chairman.
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>> howard dean is a baby killer! howard dean is a baby killer! howard dean is a baby killer! >> well, critics promised to disrupt the event, and the democratic national committee provided signs for the supporters. moran spent most of his time dealing with rumors about the plan. >> number seven, the passage of health care reform would mandate abortion coverage and all publicly offered options, thus making taxpayer dollars available to fund the mission. that's a myth. the fact is that abortion is not mandated in any of the legislation that's been passed by the congress. >> there is a lot of hearsay about the proposal, but you can check out the facts for yourself about the health care debate at cnn.com/robin. singer chris brown has been formally sentenced for assaulting his pop star girlfriend rihanna, but a
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probation report reveals the couple were involved in two other domestic violence incidents before the february assault. brown will serve five years probation and do two years of manual labor like picking up trash. he is ordered to stay away from rihanna unless they are attending music events. it is not easy going in chicago today. let me show you why. good morning. >> it's a cold front right around the city itself, and it goes down the plains and into the rockies, too. just a channel of moisture coming out from the west and riding through eastward now, and it's just outside kansas city. that's where the heaviest rain is located. you get in on that radar and to south central nebraska, look at the rain moving away from the grand island area heading to omaha and lincoln. more showers and thunderstorms arriving just west of kansas city. that's going to roll through your city like a bowling ball. it's going to drop an inch to an
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inch and a half of rain. you'll see the rain piled on pretty thickly across eastern parts of kansas into northern missouri, too. look at the showers getting into chicago. that line stretches all the way into lower michigan, lower parts of indiana as well. that cold front moves into new england later today, but ahead of it, temperatures will be warm. 90 new york today, 90 in philly, showers and storms overnight tonight. the big story out west is the high pressure that's going to continue to build and the heat will build underneath that. let me show you some tape we got about half an hour ago. this is right out of l.a. it's going to be hot today. that's a beautiful shot, but it's going to heat up quickly, it's going to be dry. 98 the high today in downtown los angeles. it will be that hot, robin, probably all the way through saturday before they hit the low 90s again by, i think, sunday afternoon. bad fire danger. we have warnings up through l.a.
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and that's because of the dry conditions and the heat. >> apparently there are a lot of helicopters flying over l.a. right now. >> that fire weather is going to be there five to seven days. >> were those the same helicopters in the pre-shot and the fire shot? that's amazing. here's the fire shot and what i notice is the air moving over it, so maybe breezy conditions. >> the wind won't be a factor this afternoon, just hot and dry. obviously, that doesn't help. >> just feeds the fire, obviously. >> there you go. >> this fire is what they're calling the morris fire, i believe. about 1,000 firefighters are working on this one and you can just see the timber around it just ready fuel for those flames. >> look at the smoke, too. that's just -- oh. >> we thank all the helicopters helping us with that feed. we're following breaking news overnight. the death of one of the most reveered politicians in history. we are remembering ted kennedy
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today. the highlights of his career, we're digging up tape that most of us haven't seen or haven't seen in a while and we're talking to people close to him.
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i throw his hat into the national political arena. edward m. or ted officially announces his campaign for the senate seat from his brother.
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he will be the speaker of the house in the democratic primary. >> that was senator ted kennedy when he first ran for the senate. in 1962, he won the seat held by his brother jfk before he became president. kennedy was 77 when he died last night from brain cancer. only five other people have served more than 40 years in the u.s. senate. we always pause to salute our troops. today it's for sergeant joseph merit. this is from his girlfriend and his mom. he's in iraq and he is very much missed. >> this is a salute to my husband, sergeant joseph merit. we love you and miss you very much and can't wait for you to come home. >> this is joseph's mother. we love you and miss you and are waiting for a safe return home. >> thank you, robin. we miss you! >> thank you, guys. what a sweet message.
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if you have someone in the service and you want to salute them, go to cnn.com/robin. if you couldn't take advantage of the cash for clunkers program, there are still some good deals. jennifer westhoven is here. >> if you can wait a few months, there will be more good deals. they don't have much inventory right now, but when those cars come in, dealers are likely to slash prices. one analyst says you'll probably get incentives worth $3,000 for a new car. that's from edmonds.com. some of the new 2010 models may even be cheaper than the 2009 models. most chryslers are going to be cheaper, and toyota is planning a cheaper version of the prius hybrid. not everything is getting cheaper. do you like beer? i'm sorry to give you this story
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because you're not going to like it. prices are going up this fall. anheuser busch and miller-coors, they're both raising prices. they're not saying much. one expert thinks about 50 cents for a six-pack, so about $2 a case, right, rafer? >> yeah. >> it's a sign these companies are too big, because together they won 80% of the beer market. the companies say this is all about the higher cost of the ingredients. if you're traveling, and especially if you're in chicago, you want to hear from bob van dillen. >> we have rain on and off for the entire city and we have a delay for chicago. i'll show you what's going on in the region. here's lake michigan. o'hay o' hare is going to be slower along with midway. new york city metro, atlanta,
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gusty winds developing. one-hour delays. more storms headed towards detroit and cleveland coming out of the chicago area. houston and kansas city, more showers and storms. san francisco more fog. we'll have details on that in about half an hour. we're remembering ted kennedy today and rafer has more on him. >> we know the senator was a big sports fan and he always watched the red sox and throwing out the first pitch. what you may not know is the senator was almost in the nfl.
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a beautiful live look this morning at the kennedy home in hi hyannis, massachusetts. the plag is at half staff for a man who served 47 years on capital hill. we are expecting a statement from the white house at any time this morning from the white house. president obama made a
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statement, but we are expecting him to get on camera and speak about the senator. some of you are sharing what you remember about senator ted kennedy. mary ann writes, i visited my friend in 1990, the year she completed an internship at senator ted kennedy's office. it impacted me from that point on to contribute to the world in a positive way and i became a social worker. what a great story. michael posted this on facebook. we may not always believe in the same political views, but we can all believe in service to our country. ted kennedy served this great country to the day he died. he will be sorely missed. we'll be sharing more of your comments. you can go to cnn.com/robin and click on the facebook button and it will send you to facebook. dunn this about senator ted kennedy, that he was this close to being in the nfl? rafer, good morning. >> good morning. almost playing for brett favre's team.
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he apparently was almost a green bay packer. he was a standout football player when he played college in harvard. according to his web site, it was his senior year in 1955 that he got a letter from then head coach lyle blackburn saying they were interested in signing him. kennedy politely declined saying he was planning to go into law school and go into another contact sports, politics, and if you remember, back in 1955, you made more in politics than in the nfl. he threw out many pitches for red sox games, including just this past april. that was only a few months ago. the defense attorney accused of killing a beloved iowa football coach says his client is not fit to serve trial. he was gunned down in he suffers from ha lllucinations and
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therefore can't be put on the stand. they will be asking for a separate evaluation. tennis stars venus and serena were officially introduced as part owners of the miami dolphins. they bought a small stake in the team, and that makes them the first african-american women to own a team. they are dolphin fans, it's their favorite team and now they get to go and watch them. guys, watch out. ladies are going to be in the locker room. cover yourself because they own the team. they can come in whenever they want. >> just like a bunch of celebs. wow. let's check on fires we've been keeping an eye on this morning. this is a live picture out of california. w we've got at least two fires going on. this is the one they're calling the morris fire. you can see all the dry tinder, basically, and it is eating that up. bob is predicting today that they're going to have dry and warm conditions, which is just
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the fuel that a fire would need, so it's going to be a rough one for the firefighters. i think they have like 1,000 firefighters working on the fires here. we are remembering the long and distinguished career of senator ted kennedy.
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. ed new york stock exchange has just opened for business, and jill hennessy ringing the opening bell. her first album is coming out. set for a weak start after a recent rally. we're going to take a look at how they're doing. breaking news this morning, massachusetts senator ted kennedy is dead at the age of 77. he died last night in his vacation house after a battle with brain cancer. kennedy was the third longest serving senator in u.s. history. we are expecting a statement about the senator from president obama any moment now, and when that happens we'll bring it to you live. in the wake of senator kennedy's death, democrats are voug to push harder on health care reform.
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senate majority leader harry reid says they will rededicate themselves to the causes kennedy championed. kennedy was even working from phones from his sick bed trying to push through health care reforms. draft is what one man treated. a hydrogen valve didn't work right during the countdown. nasa hopes to launch the shuttle early friday after testing the valves. get this. it is the very same plane that caused a partial evacuation of the white house four years ago. a student pilot got within ten miles of the reagan national airport yesterday before it was intercepted by coast guard helicopters. good morning. i'm very glad that you're joining us. 31 minutes past the hour. i'm robin meade. in a career that spanned almost 50 years, senator ted kennedy is going to be remembered for his ability to also reach across the aisle to get things done.
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he had compromise down to an art. kennedy was able to build alliances and even close relationships with republicans, including senator orin hatch. >> we fight most of the time, and those are not drag-out battles. there are very few people in my lifetime than i've had more respect and now rev rens for than senator kennedy. >> that's not the way it is now. politicians really can't get very much done. it's polarized, and i think that's the biggest legacy of ted kennedy. he could cut a deal and he could make sure if he didn't get the whole vote of at least the people he represented, he got half the votes, anyway. >> among those that he worked with, senator john mccain. the two co-sponsored immigration legislation. flags at the capital and the white house right now are flying at half staff. those are live pictures. they're also lowered at the kennedy compound in high an --
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hyannisport, massachusetts. one thing in kennedy's life was a tragic car accident in 1969. he drove his car off a bridge. kennedy escaped, but his passenger, mary jo kopeckny drowned. he denied being drunk at the time and said he made several attempts to save her. he did not report the accident until the next morning. kennedy later said his actions were indefensible. >> today, as i mentioned, i felt morally obligated to plead guilty to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident. no words on my part can possibly express the terrible pain and suffering i feel over this tragic incident. >> well, many of you have been sending us your comments about
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the crash. annie from south carolina writes, he may have done good work but there was always a black mark beside his name. and ken post thd -- posted this on facebook. all of us as humans make mistakes. it's not fair to judge the senator on one mistake. we are remembering kennedy all morning, but because we're hln, let me cover the other news of the day, too. the teenage victim of a hit and run says drivers just ignored him. he was riding his bike when someone hit him at an intersection on sunday. he broke his leg, couldn't walk, and the cars just kept driving on buy. >> i had to crawl from the lights all wait over, and i'm dragging the bike, and a whole bunch of cars are driving by and nobody stopped. >> well, a couple finally stopped. they called for help. the teen had hoped to play football this fall but will be spending the next couple months recuperating. isn't that just an incredibly disturbing story, that no one
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would stop for him? south carolina governor mark sanford may soon be impeached by fellow governors. he is also under scrutiny for using state funds improperly. they said they warned him that unless he steps down, he will likely be impeached. the governor is rejecting advice to resign. we're watching a tropical wave, so where is this one, bob? >> same spot as yesterday, same wave, robin, and this one is gaining a little bit better organization. that's unfortunate. we don't want to see it turn into a storm, obviously. we definitely don't want it to make landfall anywhere are, but here's the latest on this tropical wave. analysts are thinking this could be our next tropical storm. if that happens, it would be danny, and if that does happen, models already interpreting where it's going to go. let's look at the study earlier on when we watch the forecast.
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that's the projected path of this storm as it moves up the eastern seaboard and then drives into the canadian maritimes by the end of the weekend. kind of similar to what bill did about a week ago. a tropical wave has the potential of becoming a storm later today or tomorrow. what about the rest of the country? it's dry across the northeast for now. look at the rain headed in your direction coming out of the plains and the midwest. heavy down pour action, eastern nebraska, northwestern kansas. that's going to move down in your direction later this morning and into the early afternoon. more rain getting into chicago. you have a delay with a ground stoppage in o'hare. and into new england. in florida, so far, so good. it builds back up this afternoon.
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it's the hot side. watch for a high of 90 with storms coming in late this evening and overnight. and the west coast, robin, is going to be very hot. l.a., 98 the high. we have fires breaking out there. we'll detail those in just a little bit. >> thank you. the dow industrial closed higher for a sixth straight session yesterday thanks to wall street -- experts are calling it the bernanke bump. investors are feeling a little jittery today. what gives on that? >> we're already seeing a little bit of a pull-back, but that's not a big surprise. the dow is about one-third of a percent. considering the gains we've seen, it is a slow start on wall street after the dow edged up 35 points yesterday. those gains were due to president obama's renomination of ben bernanke to leave the federal organization after 30 years. they surged in july. orders for big ticket items from
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refrigerators to aircraft surged nearly 5% last month and that's a lot better than analysts expected. things are literally cooking at williams-sonoma. the stock is up 13%. along with pottery barn posted a profit and also has better outlooks in the next year. analysts are looking for a slight rise in july from the prior months. experts are hopeful we are seeing a rise in recovery in the housing market, especially from last friday when existing home sales surged 7%. today we got a little bit of pull-back, but we've only been open about eight minutes here on wall street. rob snin. >> thank you. the post office is offering millions of dollars for its employees to quit early. huh? your mail carrier, though, does not qualify for the buyout.
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we've also been watching some wildfires in california. it is dry and it is warm today. this is what they're calling the morris fire this morning. and the humidity is very low, so you can see it just kind of stretching up the ridge there. live pictures and we'll cover that.
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misfortune strikes the kennedy family once again. edward kennedy was seriously injured when his private plane crashed in the woods near southhampton, massachusetts. he was on his way to the democratic convention where he was renominated when his plane
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crashed in some heavy fog. >> you're watching old reels we dug up today after senator kennedy was in a plane crash in 1964. it gave him a permanent hunch and caused him to shuffle when he walked. kennedy died of brain cancer last night at the age of 77. certainly interesting to find that old tape, though. the most office is offering $450 million for its employees to quit early. the buyout is for 37,000 of its employees who agreed to retire early this year. your mail carrier does not call few. the post office says mail carriers are not eligible because mail service is growing. mail service employees will get an extra $16,000 over two years. are you slowly digging out of debt? a recent report has good news about our debt overall. hln money expert clark howard has the check-up. >> a lot of us are exhausted by
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the finances in our household. and i've got great news on that front. for five months in a row, the feds report that you and i have reduced the amount of debt we're carrying. we are steadily on a debt diet, and it's virtually all kinds of debt. the amount of money that we're taking out on credit cards, going down. the amount of money we're taking out for things like car loans, going down. and i hope that this trend continues, because we as americans are so in over our heads with debt that we need to get healthy. and i know economists want us to run out and spend money here, there and everywhere, shop till we drop and all that to boost the temporary -- or hopefully permanent recovery in the economy, but for long-term permanent improvement in our country and for yourself, we need to reduce debt. i'm clark howard. for more on my ideas about your
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wallet go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern saturdays and sundays right here on hln. a family feud turned a small town street into a battlefield. police in alabama say two families along with some gang members lined up on opposite sides throwing rocks, tools, bricks at each other. police say the families have been feuding for years, two years, and that it has something to do with kids, but that's all they know. breaking news overnight. senator ted kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 77. richard is going to have more for us in the next hour. good morning. >> good morning to you, robin. as we've discussing, the kennedy family as close as we can get to u.s. royalty, so the loss of ted kennedy is going to hit cam lot hard. we're going to take you live to senator kennedy's home in hyannisport. apparently the drug cartels
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have nothing against you having just a little bit of cocaine in your pocket. when it comes to sat, your child could be at a disadvantage before even entering the room. talk about girl power. a 13-year-old became the first girl to win a game for her team in the little league series, and you will see her inspiring story.
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making a final stop on his tour to ireland, senator ted kennedy finds millions of people giving him a send-off. >> that was old video senator ted kennedy took to ireland in 1964. throughout the senate, kennedy was a driving force for peace in ireland. former prime minister tony blair said kennedy's commitment was meshed when there was a practical understanding about what needed to be done to bring about peace and sustain it. it's always fascinating to look at the old tape, isn't it?
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kennedy's senate seat might not be filled for at least another five months. massachusetts law does not allow the governor to appoint a fill-in. a special election must be held 145 to 160 days after a senate seat is held empty. just last week, senator kennedy asked the government to change the law to allow a temporary replacement, but there is no proof that will happen. the fha has approved the release of an h1n1 test. that will help speed up diagnosis to they can quickly apply treatment. that will be used in the a young female was the hero in a little league series. >> good morning. the headlines are all saying, you go, girl! >> it writes itself, don't it? >> it does.
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forget the cliche. the 13-year-old girl with bases loaded. her team was down by one run. she says she was shaking, but she knocks in two runs for canada. they take the lead over germany and she is psyched. in the final run, she got the winning point for her team and makes the stretch. she is the first known girl to win for a little league team. after he treated good morning, dublin, who wants to ride this afternoon? i do, 5:30 p.m. and look at how many people showed up to ride through phoenix park. he also tweeted a challenge to new york, paris and l.a. to match the amount of people who turned up in dublin. these numbers are pretty scary. there will be 12.9 million new cancer patients globally this year and the number will
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rise in 2020. lance armstrong was particularly upset over the back behind bars. u.s. marshals arrested former nba ref tim donaghy violating his probation because the guy didn't show up to work. they didn't say where he was, but he was in custody. he was serving a 15-month sentence for gambling and fixing nba games. not smart. how about wackiness, annual birdman competition. this guy is probably the only bird-like one of the group we can find. a nice little run there, that's good. and then there's the bad. not so bird-like, more of a flightless bird. this one looks like it's got to hurt. that's the ugly. you know what, it isn't just these hang gliders they were throwing off this little ledge, it was something that looked like a plane but didn't fly. >> all that work. >> i love it that the guys just jump off with it. throw that off a jump. that's look at sports. >> hey, thank you.
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all right. those of you watching us from the airport, chicago earlier didn't look so hot but were they reporting any delays, i ask you, bob van dillen? >> they are now, o'hare in a ground stop until 10:00 eastern this morning and most likely get extended because of the clouds and showers overhead. here is what we have for the day, counting on new york city metro as well, chicago first off the bat, one hour or more delays because of the showers and thunderstorms, new york city metro, gusty winds, down in atlanta, see east wind pop up, 30 minutes to an hour delay, san francisco, morning fog. more in a bit. >> thanks. hey, are you a woman who is breaking the mold or maybe you know a woman who is? morning express with robin meade is looking for strong women who have overcome big challenges to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. so, starting in october, we are going to profile the most inspirational stories in our new series called breakthrough women. to nominate somebody go to cnn.com/robin, scroll down to the breakthrough women box. cool. a little girl's wish came
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